Once a European patent is granted and published, the patent owner needs to take steps so as to validate the patent in each of the designated EU Member States within a specific time limit.
This step is necessary in order for the patent to retain its protective effect and become enforceable against third parties. If the Republic of Cyprus is among the selected EU member states for a specific European patent which has been granted and published, the patent owner needs to follow the process of patent validation in Cyprus.
Given that European Patent Organisation grants and publishes the European Patent, which includes the Republic of Cyprus among the selected states of protection, you can apply, within 3 months from its grant date, for the validation of the European patent submission in the Republic of Cyprus.
Place and mode of submission
The application for submitting a European patent translation (form Π.17) is submitted by hand or post to the Department of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property.
All translations in Greek need to be certified by affidavit or by sworn translator of the Republic of Cyprus.
Certificate of Validation
After the receipt of the application, the Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property issues the relevant proof of receipt and notifies the applicant of the relevant application number and date. The examination stage follows, during which the Intellectual Property Section examines whether the application meets the typical requirements set by the legislation as to information, data and documents that must be included in it. If there are any pending issues, the Intellectual Property Section will send a relevant notice, notifying the necessary actions in relation to the application. Provided that all necessary prerequisites prescribed by legislation are met, the Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property issues the Certificate of Validation of European Patent Submission and proceeds to its publication in the Official Gazette. Certified copies of an application for granting a patent or of a granted patent can be made available by the Intellectual Property Section.
By Eleni Kyrisavva